TomfromBC on Trip Advisor
a year ago
01/25/2019, 04:20 AM
Note - this is not really a restaurant - read the full review
First of all, this is not really a restaurant. It's a cultural club (not culture club, Boy George). The primary purpose of Dom Polski Polish Home Association is to bring together Seattle's Polish community and share in the Polish heritage. They put on many festivals of music, dance, and, yes, food.
The Polish Home Association is gracious enough to open its doors to the general public on Fridays (5:30-10:30pm) and Sundays (1-4pm) only October through May and share its wonderful Polish cuisine.
There is a little bit of process involved. Once you come in, go downstairs, and straight ahead you'll see the dining room. Check in at the entrance, and you will have to purchase a 'day pass' for $1 per person. Congratulations, you're a member of the Polish Home Association for a day! Proceed on to learn more about the food.
Many of you reading this probably have never had Polish food or don't even know what it is. So, let me provide some insight. First of all, Polish food is comfort food. It's fully appropriate that they're only open during the winter months. While not super-heavy, it's not the type of food you'll crave on a hot summer day.
So, you've made it this far (you're kind of committed now), what to order? First, you MUST have the pickle soup! Pickle soup is probably the most uniquely Polish food - you won't find it anywhere else. It's a simple soup made from a vegetable or chicken stock with a light cream base filled with grated pickles, carrot, leeks or potatoes, and onion. Very tasty, refreshing, and will leave plenty of appetite for mains.
For the main course, for your first visit I suggest the Polish plate - a sampling of pierogi, kielbasa (spiced sausage), and a cabbage roll. Other than crepes and a few more adventurous specialty dishes, the Polish plate is pretty much the menu. Find out what you like, and then order more of it on your return visit.
Both the cheese and meat pierogi are rather bland (I don't think either are spiced) but are good filler. The mushroom and sauerkraut pierogi are exquisitely flavored. The cabbage rolls are a happy medium, filling and tasty yet not too far out there on the culinary spectrum.
Anyway, that gives you an idea about the food. And, then there's the bar. Well, you'll just have to explore that yourself. It's not huge (again, this isn't meant to be a full service restaurant). But, I guarantee you'll try beers here that you've never seen before in your life, and they're pretty good. Just check your NW craft beer preconceived notions at the door, and relax and try a couple of Polish chilly pops.
Now a word about the service. Hearken back to the title of this review - it's not really a commercial restaurant like you're used to but rather a private club opening to the public on a very limited basis. As such, the service is not 'commercial' either, but more like a family member that you haven't seen for a while being a gracious host. It will be busy, and you will get your own drinks at the bar, but your needs will be tended to. Bottom line, just be patient and take it all in. If you need something, don't hesitate to ask; just don't expect to be waited on hand and foot like a more commercial establishment. Bottom line, just make yourself at home, and you will have a wonderful experience here.